The Human-Animal Bond mission is to conduct research, education and training in the area of the human-animal bond in order to benefit both human and animal quality of life.


"Stryker, my service dog, gave me back some of the honor my diseases had taken from me."

Jim  |  Air Force Veteran

Hearts of Gold

Service Dog Training and Outreach

Hearts of Gold is a canine service dog training program providing service dogs for individuals with mobility impairment and/or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Ridgeway Farms

Education, Market and Community Gardens

Ridgeway Farms is dedicated to agricultural education, community service, and research targeting adolescent wellness. A 35-acre farm housing several different species of animals, community gardens and educational modules provide the foundation for the program.


Jasmine Project

Kennel and Residential Community

The Jasmine Project is an all-inclusive, animal assisted living community with special emphasis on elders, adolescents previously in foster care and individuals with disabilities. It is also the home of the Hearts of Gold whelping kennel.


Celebrating 10 Years

Over the last decade we have accomplished a lot!

Published and presented multiple research papers in peer-reviewed Journals and at national conferences  |  Trained 1200+ handlers  |  Trained over 100 dogs with students at WVU and inmates at Federal Corrections Institute in Morgantown, WV  |  Placed 15 service dogs with individuals with disabilities  |  Placed eight service dogs with veterans  |  Trained nine visitation therapy dogs  |  Trained nine emotional support animals currently in service